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July 29, 2014

Roy Cooper believes federal court decision in Virginia case makes gay marriage inevitable in his state

North Carolina's attorney general announced Monday (28 July) that he believes it will be 'futile' to defend his state's ban on gay marriage in court.

July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

July 28, 2014

'...The State regulates marriage for the primary purpose of channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring unions for the sake of joining children to both their mother and their father'

The US state of Arizona is arguing its gay marriage ban protects children, procreation, and straight parents.

Attorneys for the state filed papers in the District Court for Arizona this past Wednesday (23 July).  The legal team maintains the prohibition has nothing to do with LGBTI citizens.

July 28, 2014

The first same-sex couple to legally marry in the Mexican state of Michoacan has set another precedent in obtaining the legal right to have children

A lesbian couple in Mexico won a court ruling validating their marriage, allowing them to pursue parenthood should they wish.

Alejandra Banderas Rosales y Claudia Brizeiry López Ramos, who became the first same-sex couple to legally wed in the state of Michoacan on 12 March 2014, were informed over the weekend their case against Mexico’s Family Code proved successful.

July 27, 2014

Despite being a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, a French mayor said he did not hesitate when his gay son asked him to officiate at his wedding

'It seemed perfectly normal for me to carry out the marriage even though I still don't agree with gay marriage,' said 72-year-old Raymond Bardet, who has been the mayor of a small village of Ville-la-Grande, in the Haute Savoie near the Swiss border, since 1981.

Bardet is known for his hardcore opposition to the country's highly controversial decision last year to allow same-sex marriage. Although legalized in May last year, same-sex marriage continues to face fierce opposition from conservative quarters.

July 26, 2014

Like the avalanche of decisions we’re seeing from every corner of this country, the court recognized that loving, committed same-sex couples should have equal access to the law’s protection'

Alaska's Supreme Court ruled yesterday, 25 July, that same-sex partners should have access to survivor benefits.

The ruling stems from the 2011 workplace murder of Kerry Fadely. She was employed by Anchorage’s Millennium Hotel when shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee.

July 26, 2014

The second biggest bank in Italy will give gay employees the same marital rights as straight employees, despite gay marriage being illegal in Italy

One of the biggest banks in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo, will give their LGBTI employees the same marital benefits as their heterosexual colleagues.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy, however, the bank will give marital benefits to gay and lesbian employees who have been married in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

‘The importance of the agreement serves to reinforce the group’s commitment to politics of non-discrimination and equal opportunity,’ said Intesa Sanpaolo.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 25, 2014

The Italian city of Bologna will recognize its citizens' same-sex marriages that were performed in jurisdictions where they are legal, becoming the latest local government area in Italy to act on the issue while the national government fails to do so

The mayor of Bologna has paved the way for gay couples to have their foreign marriages registered in the city, the latest step in a growing movement for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Italy.

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced Tuesday that same-sex marriages performed outside of Italy will be recorded in the city’s civil register.

July 25, 2014

The University of California Los Angeles’ Williams Institute has crunched the numbers and figures legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas would generate $181.6 million in spending in the state over three years

Independent think tank the Williams Institute has released a report finding that, even using conservative numbers, legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas could generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue to state and local governments.

According to the US Census 46,401 same-sex couples live in cohabiting relationships in the state of Texas and the Williams Institute calculated the numbers based on only half of those marrying in the next three years if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

July 24, 2014

The Quakers church in the UK are concerned that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriage will not have the option of doing that in a church

The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, have gone public with their concern that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriages in England and Wales will only be able to do that via register offices and not by a church wedding.

Churches in the UK register the marriages they perform with the government and the Quakers want to be able to perform their members’ same-sex marriages just as they do for opposite-sex Quaker couples.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

July 17, 2014

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Thursday (17 July) declaring it unconstitutional.

The judge said the soonest same-sex marriages could take place in Monroe County (located in the Florida Keys) would be Tuesday (22 July). This is the only county in the state over which Garcia has jurisdiction.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed an appeal and stated: 'Finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court.'

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 17, 2014

Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant from the US Catholic Campaign for Human Development as the church said they had ‘self-disqualified’ themselves from receiving funding by refusing to cut ties with a Latino civil rights group that supports same-sex marriage

The Catholic Church in the United States has stripped an immigrant workers rights group of funding over support for same-sex marriage.

Portland based Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant from the US Catholic Campaign for Human Development in June after it refused to cut ties with Latino civil rights group the National Council of La Raza.

July 16, 2014

Kari Mäkinen is reportedly the first archbishop to have voted for same-sex marriage

The head of Finland’s Lutheran Evangelical Church has publicly said sorry to LGBTI people for the ‘cruelty’ they have faced from religion.

Kari Mäkinen has said the Church has been guilty of ‘cruel’ treatment towards gays for ‘decades’ and it is still continuing.

‘When I think of the outside pressure and treatment that we have been guilty of displaying towards sexual minorities as a church and as a society for decades and how it still continues, I think it’s time for an apology. Without any explanations or prevarications,’ he declared.

July 15, 2014

Nick Boles will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage

Prime Minister David Cameron has given a gay Conservative MP a key role in implementing LGBT equality today (15 July).

Nick Boles, a former Planning minister, will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage.

This comes as Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, was made the new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Boles, in a civil partnership and who voted for equal marriage, will serve under Morgan looking after policies important to the LGBTI community.

July 15, 2014

An overwhelming number of Australians now want same-sex couples to be allowed to be legally married, the ruling Liberal Party’s own pollster of choice says

More Australians support same-sex marriage than ever before, according to a new poll.

A phone poll of 1,000 Australians chosen at random found that 72% of Australians now support same-sex marriage, while only 21% are still opposed and only 14% say they are ‘strongly opposed.’

Only 7% said they were undecided on the issue.

The poll was particularly significant as it was conducted by the Crosby|Textor polling company which is the same one relied by Australia’s ruling Liberal Party when polling the electorate.